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Posted by heather1723 on 2014-07-24 00:33. 1 comments. 22 reads
 
Is it possible for the pacemaker to make it's way to pushing through the skin and making it painful to the touch? This has been happening for about 3 months now and is very painful to the touch. I've had it since June 2010.

Posted by emilpacemaker on 2014-07-23 10:42. 2 comments. 49 reads
 
Hi im 28 y/o got my pm on april this year.. I dont know if I realy
need my pm in my body I cant imagine what happen to my life or inside on my heart.my blood preasure always become abnormal 140/100 or sometimes 140/90.. I feel fear to move excersise like what happen to me like this my heart beating fast when im enjoying ride to my bike! The doctors findings to me is bradycardia thats why theythey install the dualchamber pm in my chest... If I knew what feelings with pacemaker I really really deny to have it..! Any one same expirience like this im here on philipines ty

Posted by Lifeisgood on 2014-07-21 02:20. 8 comments. 288 reads
 
Please don't judge me crazy, but I've been wondering what will happen when my body is ready to die. Will the pacemaker keep on ticking and will this expand the amount of time it would take to die - waiting for the liver to give, up, the lungs, the bladder, etc? so that instead of dying, your body just hung in there! Would they remove the pacemaker when all signs of life are depleted? I asked my doctor this and he actually ran out of the office and told me I was freaking him out! and he did not reply! Seems to me the heart (if you are not having a heart attack) will continue to be nued to palpitate and keep pace if the computer pacemaker is in good condition. I hope I made myself clear. Thanks

Posted by cnelson on 2014-07-20 02:22. 2 comments. 140 reads
 
I received my first pacemaker (Medtornics) April 1, 2014. Everything went along very well for about 3 weeks, then the incision began to drain - it had looked as if it was healing very well -- the site was red, warm to touch and as the days went by drained more and more frequently - drainage was clear red orange in color. They gave me antibiotics for weeks and it continued to open and drain till the opening was about the size of a pencil eraser and the pacer was visible. May 30 they removed it and left me without a pacer for 2 weeks to heal up. Then a Boston Scientific unit was implanted on the right side on June 13. This has healed completely and seems OK to date.

The original incision (left side) continues to drain sligh...


Posted by ohnonothimagain on 2014-07-19 09:01. 6 comments. 173 reads
 
I've this has been posted elsewhere-I apologize. It's been about 18 months since my Surgery, and for the past 3-4 months the pain in my chest/left shoulder has been getting worse and worse. The pacemaker actually still "flops around" in my chest, and the wires or something protrudes from the pacemaker site. I get sick to my stomach at the seeing/feeling the pacemaker moving around and the wires protruding..I'm in constant pain, and wondered if anyone else has had the same experience. Thanks

Posted by issikkulboy on 2014-07-17 13:45. 1 comments. 91 reads
 
This year I underwent Mitral valve repair. Was done in March and although the repair was successful my heart conduction system was permanently damaged. This now requires that I undergo Pacemaker device implant permanently. Has anyone heard or have information regarding this type of issues caused by Mitral valve repair. I know that it could happen if the valve is replaced with a mechanical one but not sure if it's possible on repairs. My heart other than the valve issue was very healthy and my ejection fraction was 63% prior to my surgery. It's now at 25%.
Appreciate any feedback on this.
Regards,
Luis

Posted by stormynw on 2014-07-17 02:04. 3 comments. 163 reads
 
Have many of you had to deal with pericarditis? After my implant 8 1/2 weeks ago I've been to the E.R. 4 or 5 times now with painful breathing and a painful chest. After the first three visits (all 4-5+ hours) with NO answers other than the 3rd time they did a CT scan to rule out a blood clot in my lungs and came back and said well you don't have a blood clot and I was like… What about the pain? and the ER Dr. said well you have pain medication and I told him I wasn't looking for pain medication which obviously wasn't helping anyway being as they had administered some while I was there with no relief. I wanted some answers. At that point I mad a 2 hour plus 35 min ferry ride to Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle where they diagnosed peri...


Posted by jimmowry on 2014-07-14 13:53. 0 comments. 78 reads
 
I HAVE HAD A PACEMANKER SINCE 1995 (6 TOTAL), WITHOUT ANY COMPLICATIONS. RECENTLY MY PULSE RATE HAS VARIED FROM 40 BPM TO 80 BPM. PACEMAKER CHECKUP DOES NOT SHOW ANY ABNORMAL ACTIVITY. HAS ANYONE HAD A SIMILAR EXPERIENCE?

Posted by benwhen on 2014-07-14 12:42. 2 comments. 195 reads
 
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Fluid in Pocket-Update
Posted by benwhen on 2014-07-03 17:00

Hello, I received my pacemaker 3/2014. It was recommended because I could not get my heart rate up during exercise. And a few times I would be light headed after spinning class. I am 62 years old. I noticed about 2-3 weeks ago my pacemaker seemed to stick out more and on the side of the pocket the skin was thining. Touching the thin skin you could feel fluid. It does not hurt and there is no redding or discharge. And I have no fever. I went to the cardiologist and he wants to open it up and by looking at it, he would determine if it was infected. If infected he would remove the pacemaker and the leads and then replace a new one...


Posted by LizzieB on 2014-07-13 16:55. 7 comments. 197 reads
 
So I had my pacemaker implanted yesterday, and they lost the little temporary card they were supposed to send me home with. It was supposed to be sent back to my room with me, and it was never found. Does anyone know if this is particularly important? I'm not flying any time soon, but should I ask my doctor of he can find me another one? How long does it take for the actual card to arrive?

Posted by LEW49 on 2014-07-13 14:27. 1 comments. 166 reads
 
I had a pacemaker implanted in late March of this year to treat heart block. The cardiologist assured me that I'd feel great and after the incision healed be able do anything I wanted to.
As soon as I got up and walked around the cardiac ward after the implantation, I knew something was wrong. But I was assured everything was alright. The morning after they let me out of the hospital I was back in the emergency room. I had developed in atrial flutter which was driving me into tachycardia. I was put on a beta blocker and an anticoagulant. I felt much better. Luckily the atrial flutter was a temporary condition caused by the irritation of my atrium getting used to pacemaker lead. I was able to discontinue medicine after six weeks.
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Posted by GrumpyBrew on 2014-07-12 09:44. 1 comments. 123 reads
 
I recently had my 4th pacemaker insertion and am having severe pain in my elbow while bending it and flexing it. Never had this issue before. I Don't have any signs or symptoms of infection. Anybody else have this issue.

Posted by Beautifulg1 on 2014-07-12 07:51. 3 comments. 170 reads
 
I was wondering if I could get any feedback or information on a problem I'm experiencing with my pacer. I'm having really weird sensations on the left side of my body which is the side where my device is. It feels like the left side is tingling really bad then my heart rate feels like it is getting weak and I get very very light headed as though I'm going to pass out. Then my heart will start beating really fast. When my dr put my pacer in he ablated my AV node and I have a demand pacer. But, the thing that is really scary is that it get so bad to the point I feel like I'm going to just pass out. The tingling goes up into my face also but just on the left side. It feels as though one of my wires may be frayed or gone bad. If anyone can le...


Posted by Mojo on 2014-07-10 22:12. 8 comments. 213 reads
 
Hi everyone. I haven't been on for awhile as things were going so good. No asthma issues since March, exercising regularly, but very overweight no matter what I do or eat... I'm a 60 yr. old female, PM implanted 6/13. I have been having terrible joint pain, extreme fatigue, itchy skin and head, some hair loss. Went to family doc who tested me for lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, connective tissue diseases, and Vitamin D count. No connective tissue type diseases, thankfully, but I have an extremely low Vitamin D count (<25.0 - normal range 30.0-100.0). The doc ordered Vitamin D 50,000 IU D2. I'm so afraid to take one (I have to take one, once a week for 10 weeks) because today, on the advice of my doctor, I took a probiotic digestive sup...


Posted by georgeazarmitchell on 2014-07-09 10:45. 13 comments. 288 reads
 
What's the difference ? Having to have a second operation to successfully correct a botched first one ,I have done a lot of research since then .My first implant was done by a cardiologist not an electrophysiologist !! The shock lead had penetrated the wall of my heart and the operation had to be done a second time ,this time by an electrophysiologist .The second time it was done correctly !! I had much pain because of the first botched operation .Let me tell you that some cardiologists take a week-end course provided by the icd/pacemaker companies ,sometimes the companies provide a large truck with a mock operating room and the doctors receive their week-end training there !! While an electrophsiologist spends years training under the s...


Posted by tandpman on 2014-07-08 08:49. 3 comments. 131 reads
 
I'm new to this PM thing (2 weeks) and yesterday we noticed my pm appeared to be slipping out of position. Kinda painful, too. Should I be concerned? BTW, I have a St. Jude PM 2110 dual lead.

Posted by hhorriat on 2014-07-05 15:21. 3 comments. 170 reads
 
hi everyone
i have aquestion . my mom is 86 ,6 weeks ago she fell and had broken ribs, she also got pacemaker in hospital. she is in rehab now. i noticed when she sits for 20 minutes her left foot up to toes turn blue. we let the nurse know so they will do ulterosound in 2 days . is this something to worry about ?

Posted by Mod on 2014-07-05 02:43. 3 comments. 211 reads
 
PM put in last Sat. Yesterday and today when left arm is down it starts to throb and turns kind of purple along with the hand and fingers??? Hand and arm ache. Any thoughts?

Posted by reeno on 2014-07-05 02:35. 3 comments. 172 reads
 
I just had a pacemaker put in last week. It was pm with defibrillator. I am having second surgery next week to put in second wire thru the ribs to the outside of left ventricle. They could not attach thru the heart. I am experiencing crippling fear this time. Anyone had this surgery? Coping with the fear?

Posted by benwhen on 2014-07-03 17:00. 2 comments. 204 reads
 
Hello, I received my pacemaker 3/2014. It was recommended because I could not get my heart rate up during exercise. And a few times I would be light headed after spinning class. I am 62 years old. I noticed about 2-3 weeks ago my pacemaker seemed to stick out more and on the side of the pocket the skin was thining. Touching the thin skin you could feel fluid. It does not hurt and there is no redding or discharge. And I have no fever. I went to the cardiologist and he wants to open it up and by looking at it, he would determine if it was infected. If infected he would remove the pacemaker and the leads and then replace a new one on the other chest side. I have a dual chamber boston scientific. I use the pacemaker 38% of the time in ...




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